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The Ceasing of Notions – 01 Pacifying the heart

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The Ceasing of Notions [or the Treatise on the Transcendence of Cognition]

1.  The Master was silent and said nothing

Emmon suddenly rose and asked ‘What is called the heart?  And how is the heart Pacified?’

The Master answered ‘You should not assume a heart, then there is no need to pacify it.  That is called pacifying the heart’.

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2.  Emmon 'But if there is no heart, then how can we learn the Way?'

Master Nyuri 'The heart cannot conceive of the Way; so why should the way depend on the heart?'

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3.  Emmon: 'If the Way cannot be conceived of by the heart, how can it be conceived of or thought of?'

Master Nyuri: 'As soon as thought arises, there is also heart.  Heart is contrary to the Way.  No-thought is no-heart.  No-heart is the Way of the Truth or True Awakening'.

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4.Emmon: 'Do all sentient beings have this heart or not?'

Master Nyuri: 'That all sentient beings really have this heart is a mistaken view.  To set up a heart within no-heart, in empty heart, only serves to create erroneous ideas.'

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5.  Emmon:  'What exists within no-heart?'

Master Nyuri:  'No-heart equals no-thing.  No-thing equals True Nature itself.  And True Nature is the Great Way'.

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